Last weekend, we went on a different and prolonged adventure with 11 other friends.
It was an estrogen-fuelled trip (P being the only boy) with only one goal in mind: to hoard as many cheap finds as we could jam into our luggage.
Despite apprehensions due to all the political turmoil in Bangkok, we forged on for shopping's sake and the promise of rock-bottom prices.
At NAIA 3, in comfy airplane gear
D: Leggings are the best bet for keeping you warm while allowing you to move freely.
P: Loafers are easy to slip off and on for the many security checkpoints.
Almost 3 hours later and a one hour time shift, we arrived at the Suvarnabhumi Airport with all our half empty luggage in tow.
We stayed at The Heritage Bangkok. It was only a hop and a skip away from the Chong Nonsi BTS station, providing easy access to the rest of the city. It had modern interiors and 3 conveniently located computer terminals for the guests. In the lobby was Senses Spa, where we got really good foot massages on our last night. Perfect for market-weary calves and feet!
Our package included a free breakfast which was substandard.
D: I only liked their homemade yogurt with cereal which was enough to keep me going for the a.m.shopping.
P: Don't expect much save for decent fried rice and noodles. And what good buffet doesn't have bacon??
After getting some shut-eye post red-eye flight, we were ready to conquer Platinum Mall! Armed with rudimentary Thai phrases, eco totes, and our best bargaining game faces, we were off.
We walked through the tragic Central World, which wasn't fully operational just yet. :(
After a few undocumented hours of going nuts at Platinum Mall, this is the snapshot of a very small fraction of our group's haul:
Thank goodness for their P.A. system! It would have been impossible to round up all 13 of us without the kind ladies who struggled with the pronunciation of all our names.
Monique Regalado was butchered to: Moh-nik Legawahdoh
A portion of our first day haul
Plimsolls for THB250!
Shawl collar cardigan and an assortment of tops with interesting details that caught my attention
Slim khaki chinos which I got extra extra cheap because the store owner asked to take a snapshot of me wearing them! They must have extraordinarily small people in Thailand because this is the only place I'm at least a M or L.
D: Thai slip-ons for my brother and I. My friend and I ended up buying 5 so we got the price down to THB170!
It's great shopping with friends because you can get things at wholesale prices when you combine your purchases. My friends, Alexi, Anjie and I can wear our striped shorts and polos together and do a dance number ala Destiny's Child!
Shorts and trousers with such cute details
This is Alexi's haul after day 1 of our adventure. More shopping madness to come!